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tips and tricks to go easily towards zero waste

Striving towards “zero waste” implies changing our consumption patterns. To take the plunge easily, a small encyclopedia compiled by EDF Pulse & You provides advice and tips to make this bet a success on a daily basis.

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[EN VIDÉO] Do you think you are sorting your waste correctly?
Every year, each French person produces 568 kg of waste. Sorting habits are starting to settle in our cultures, yet, still considered too expensive and complex, only part of our waste is recycled …

On a daily basis, it is almost impossible not to produce any waste. On the other hand, it is quite possible to reduce them as much as possible. To achieve this, EDF Pulse and You (in partnership with FanVoice) launched a project on its collaborative platform with the theme “Zero waste, where are you? “. A campaign that brought together a little over 230 contributors (kickers) and nearly 3,000 ideas. Enough matter gray to compile the best tips from these “pros” in the little encyclopedia of zero waste. Depending on the affinities, everyone is free to implement all or part of these tips on a daily basis.

Must-have products for the home and garden

In the house, to replace the household products (stain remover, disinfectant, cleaner …), three products are widely acclaimed: white vinegar, Marseille soap and bicarbonate of welded. While there are many recipes for creating household products (dishwasher tablet, fabric softener, etc.) or health products (toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) yourself, it is necessary to properly dose them. White vinegar, for example, must be diluted so as not to cause long-term damage to scaled household appliances, gaskets silicone… The contributors have not forgotten the garden. The compost is the undisputed star when it comes to reducing waste (peelings of fruits, vegetables, eggshells…) and feed the plants. Another popular product, the coffee grounds. With it, no need for commercial products to repel aphids, slugs and snails.

Bulk, booming …

Replacing household products is already a step towards reducing waste. To go further and reduce packaging, why not shop in bulk? A good idea which is attracting more and more people and which is becoming more democratic. In fact, in five years, the number of stores specializing in bulk sales has grown from 18 to more than 400, not counting supermarkets, 80% of which devote entire departments to bulk. On the price side, pulses (legumes) and dried fruits are on average 20% cheaper than products sold packaged. In contrast, pasta, rice and cereals remain more expensive on average by 7%.

Reuse, recycle, repair …

Side high-tech equipment, furniture … to reduce waste nothing could be simpler. Your smartphone, your Tablet, or your computer is broken or showing signs of weakness? Opt for recycled devices. They are just as efficient and cheaper. Want to redo your wardrobe? Clothing is not left out thanks to the many online platforms and consignment stores. Washing machine, dishwasher … in the harbor? Before replacing your appliance, consider repairing it.

Taken end to end, all the ideas that have emerged during this campaign (some of which are easy to adopt) go in the direction of more environmentally friendly consumption … simpler to achieve, such as rejecting anything that is single-use, such as packaging in plastic, cups …).

What you must remember

  • In France, 4.8 million tonnes of plastic are produced per year. Which represents 70 kg / person.
  • White vinegar, baking soda are basic products for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Rather than buying tools for a single task, it is possible to rent them between individuals.

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